Delhi Couture Week

There was bling! And lots of it! The Delhi Couture Week had a lineup of great designers for four consecutive days. Check out some of my favourite picks.

Manav Gangwani’s collection ‘A Timeless Affaire’ was glam, sexy and over the top! It was full of bling and Swarovski embellishments, mesmerised the audience and was high on Bollywood celebs.

 Drapes, ruffles and heavy embroidery dominated the collection, which was a mix of gowns, saris, suits and fish-cut lehangas, all with a seemingly fairy tale-like vibe. My personal favourites from this collection were the yellows!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manish Malhotra showcased diverse stylized looks for women, all inspired by the old world charm and majestic opulence of royalty that prevailed in India from 1920 to 1940 at the ongoing Delhi Couture Week.

The pre partition era saw a distinct British influence and Manish’s collection was a combination of the tradition and contemporary.

 The rich colours used were combinations of cherry reds and burgundys with tones of mint green, aqua, and off whites. All supported by the swirling silhouettes that Manish is known for, best shown off in showstopper Sonam Kapoor’s look in the show.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rohit Bal’s collection had elements of his signature style – floral motifs in different patterns with a rich look and extensive use of zippers.

The colour palatte included whites, gold, blacks, blues and purples and there were beautifully cut gowns, jackets, overcoats, lehengas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another of my favourites from this Couture Week was JJ Valaya’s collection ‘Tasveer’. I think his signature jackets paired with the lehengas was stunning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shantanu and Nikhil’s combination of volume and tulle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Suneet Verma’s collection was based on the ‘Kamasutra’ as reiterated as “Fashion is the politest way of talking about sex.”

Silhouettes: Long, flowy, voluminous, layered skirts, Lehengas, Metallic bras, Conical bras, Cholis, Long sleeved blouses, Sarees, Shrugs, Kotis, Narrow trousers, Stoles, Anarkalis, Kurtas, Churidar leggings

Fabrics: Crushed silk, Chiffon, Lace, Georgette

Colours: Shades of Red, Orange, Fuschia, Pink, Navy, Midnight Blue, Aquamarine, Lemon Yellow, Black

Embroidery, Embellishments, Accessories: Swarovski, Crystal beading, fine Zardozi thread work, Mirror work, Kamarbandhs, gold ornaments.

Hat it !

Hats being the most talked about accessory of the season, Check this video !

Rain/Mumbai !

So….. Its been really long i wrote. Having the time of my life in Mumbai ! Summer Break gets me a 3month internship in Mumbai with an establishing Designer called AartiVijay Gupta. Incredible learning experience and heaps of notes in my learning journal. Im soon going to write a big fat blog on Indian Couture and Ethnic wear !

Mumbai Monsoons…. Nobody likes working in the rains.. with all the puddles, splash of filth and dirt, ( n the frizzy hair),  it just gets a lil difficult. So, Everyday i wear shorts or a romper to work.. i carry a bright yellow umbrella and i tie my hair tight in a high bun. Shoes r mostly my Aldo platform slip ons.. ( i miss my wellingtons) !!!

Yes so…. I was reading a couple of Fashion blogs from Mumbai, (most of them were crap) but i need to share one of my favourite Monsoon Must have blog by Missmalini… Read it Quick !!!

http://www.missmalini.com/2010/07/26/missmalini-vogue-blog-mumbai-glitterati-monsoon-style/

Alsoo… the hair care article in Vogue India :

http://www.vogue.in/content/monsoon-hair-sos

and ofcourse lotsss of hair oil and leave-in’s !!!!

 

Enjoyy the Romaaantic Rains !! 😉

 

Burberry Secret Store: London

Burberry is the ultimate symbol of British fashion, sold across the world and worn by millions. Personally, I’m too fussed about their checked pattern and their trench coats are absolutely fab and of the highest quality. A pity then, that their prices are so high. But, as always, if you know where to go you can find bargains for luxury brand name clothes, mostly at factory outlet stores. 

So when I heard from my friend (my new roomate for a week) of this Burberry factory outlet shop right in the heart of London (ok, I admit, not central London), I knew I had to share it. This is probably the cheapest Burberry store in London!

The Burberry factory outlet store is located in Hackney, East London. The area itself is quite dodgy, and probably the last place you would associate a brand like Burberry with, but I hear that many high end designer brands have their design studios around hackney, so maybe that’s why they decided to open a discount outlet in Hackney near Bethnal Green.

The factory outlet is located in a massive warehouse, with no Burberry sign anywhere. The only clues of what is inside are the two big security guards standing at the doorway. The entrance is also down an alley.

But once inside, all fear goes away as there are literally hundreds of Burberry items for sale, spread out over 5 rooms. They literally had the whole Burberry range for sale, from shoes and boots to children’s clothing, jackets, the iconic Burberry Mac, trench coats, handbags, ties, wallets, scarves, women’s and men’s clothing, and accessories. I swear that there was a bigger selection than any of the boutique Burberry stores in Harrods or Liberty Department Store or the Burberry boutique on St. Albans Street.

All the products were on clearance prices, massively discounted from the original RRP price. And these were not defective Burberry products either; they were genuine, fully functional clothing that I think were just last season’s or odd sizes (e.g. XS or XL).

Burberry Trench Coat - Emma WatsonPrices, for example, ranged from like £20 for wellingtons, up to around £400 for some of the trench coats, but that was still a massive saving from the original RRP price of £1000. They had polo shirts, blouses, purses, belts, winter coats, scarves… essentially it was like heaven, for Burberry fans. This Burberry Factory shop is a great place to pick up Burberry gifts and souvenirs for cheap.

However, one drawback is that I’m not sure if Burberry items bought there are refundable later if you change your mind, and also they did not have any fitting or changing rooms so there was no way to try on the clothes  before buying. Even with the massive discounts of up to 70% off the RRP, the clothes are still rather pricey and I didn’t feel like shelling out hundreds of pounds and not know if it fit or not!

Tourists in London loading up on Burberry items to bring back home can also get the VAT tax refunded; all you need to do is to bring your passport in-store and get them to issue you a VAT refund voucher.  For those that will be around Oxford instead, there is a Burberry Factory Outlet Shop there as well, in the Bicester Village shopping centre.

Address: 29-53 Chatham Place, Hackney, London E9 6LP
Tel: +44 020 8985 3344 or 020 8328 4287
Nearest Tube Station: Hackney Central Tube & Rail (5 minutes walk), Homerton Tube & Rail (10 minutes walk), Bethnal Green Tube (30 minutes walk, recommend to take bus or taxi/cab). Use the postcode in Google Maps to see a local map of the area.

Official Burberry boutique in central London address: 10 St. Albans Street, Mayfair, London SW1Y 4SQ (near Piccadilly Circus tube station)


Map and directions to the Burberry factory outlet store:

GenNext

In awe with Willow Smith and Selena Gomez.  Willow completely shook me with her poise and oozing confidence. The girl, sure, is born to be a Superstar. And Selena’s fashion style cannot be missed as well. Sometimes, when in lack of inspiration, i watch videos of Willow and Jaden Smith, Selena Gomez and yesss… Baby Beiber (I promised never make jokes on him after I saw his documentary, Never say Never)… I think these teenagers sometimes just inspire you with their hard work and dedication.

Fashion Style: Willow & Selena

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Also, You haveee to watch Willows Radio Interview on youtube to promote her first video, ” I whip my hair’ and the one below where she does a fashion shoot for teen Vogue. Will prove my point: How a stylish and confident 9 year old  inspires me 🙂

Shhh Topshop !!!

With world’s love for retail, Topshop has again shown its chameleon-like ability to move with the times. This week launching a ‘secret’ in-store pop-up shop. Topshop’s London  (Oxford Circus) and New York stores have both adopted the strategy to offer specially-designed boutique and quirky collaboration pieces.

The Topshop Secret Store, thought to be a first for a high street chain, will be hidden inside the two shops so customers can discover the “secret” doorway by chance. It will be marked by a florist in the corner of each store.

Entrance to this opulent space will be via eclectic floral arrangements, colourful, mysterious and bespoke. Once inside, pieces will be displayed on antique furniture and inside vintage glass cases, and will include clothing, homeware, accessories and jewelry produced exclusively for the Secret Store. Pieces have a homespun feel, with some items hand finished so that each one is different and special. The Secret Store is a temporary fixture.

Designer collaborations includes: Meadham Kirchhoff, Nasir Mazhar, Maria Francesca Pepe, Emma Cook, Ann-Sofie Back, Michael Van Der Ham and Pamela Love. Two designers from Topshop Emerge will be available at the Secret Store as well featuring Tom Scott and Been d’Hygere.

An Overview 🙂

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MumbaiGirl Hits LFW :)

Saloni Lodha’s showing of her recent collection which was launched at London Fashion Week. This is one young designer with impressive credentials to her design career.The collection evokes the vibrant spirit of the African continent. Rich, hand-painted prints in a medley of colours create a dreamy and exotic feel.

Yo Yohji !

I went to V&A this afternoon and finally got myself to see Yohji Yamamoto’s Exhibition. It was worth every minute off bed on a sunday afternoon. 😉

The exhibition itself highlights the key points of Yamamoto’s career, spanning almost 40 years. It is situated in one large room – white-washed walls with exposed scaffolding in the roof – perfectly designed to showcase the true essence of Yamamoto’s work, that of exposure and minimalism: let the work speak for itself.

The space is vaguely separated into the main fractions that make up the Yamamoto brand: video footage of various shows, catalogues of important campaigns, quotations, literature, and the clothes. Upon entering the room you pause to take in the layout and decide whether you want to explore the clothes first or the meaning behind the clothing. The exhibition guide had details of every garment exhibited and the fabrics used.

I decided to take my right and work through the videos, catalogues and shows on the walls. It begins with a few main quotations summarising the concept behind the designs and works chronologically through some of Yamamoto’s early and important collections.

A video footage had his interview in which he said, ” I never say I’m a fashion designer, I think I’m a dressmaker.” This was the best quote that i could relate to. I simply loved it.

Also a tutor of Yohji’s said in a footage that, he said that he hates the colour White because it showcases a lot of Emptiness whereas his love for Black is purely because black is a mix of all Colours. !!! 🙂

The early shows and catalogues of Yohji Yamamoto feature some of the leading names in fashion photography, including Max Vadukul, Paolo Roversi and Nick Knight. These catalogues are booklets of pure imagery, an art form in themselves. The visual language is pure and clean – these are the images that make a brand, these are the images that remain long after fashion week is over. The narrative to each shoot clearly expresses what each collection is about and essentially lets us understand a bit more about what goes on inside the designer’s head.

Nick Knight

One of my favourite images comes from one of the earlier collections in 1986 (see above right) – it is so pure and minimal in its form yet clearly expresses what the collection is about.

On getting completely blown by Yohji, I went to the V&A shop and I bought his biography ‘My Dear Bomb’ which I’ve been reading snippets from and finding extremely interesting. 😀  it had other cute Yohji merchandise like the Big Yohji Safety Pin, to Yohji T-shirts and bags and Tote Bag and postcards and blaahhh !!! 😀

There is another Yohji exhibition happening over London : Yohji’s Women at the Wapping Bank Project which I might check out soon !

 

 

Pippa Middleton : Street Style

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m pretty sure you’ve heard of the Middleton family. Kate may have taken the spot light with her recent marriage to  Prince William, but I can’t help I’m extremely intrigued by her sister Pippa. On the big royal wedding day Pippa stole the show when she killed it in a fitted white cowl-neck gown designed by none other than McQueen’s Sarah Burton. Since then I and the world, I’m sure, have been following all of Pippa’s fashion and loving it. The Duchess of Cambridge’s younger sister is utterly stunning and continues to impress in her classically chic manner. With her conservative style I can’t help but see comparisons to Katie Holmes. I think Pippa’s look is easy to  achieve. Below are some of Pippa’s most recent fashion moments.